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Offline Freddy Freitez

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Harry Potter reading comprehension activity
« on: February 02, 2012, 11:09:15 AM »
  By the time Chapter 1 of Harry Potter story is used in class, many students may have watched the movie, but not read the book. So one of the things that can be done is to ask some pre-reading questions in order to active their background knowledge and interest. They can be answered in 5 to 7 minutes. Some of these questions can be:

1. Did you watch Harry Potter's movie?
  • How long ago did you watch the movie?
  • Do you remember who was the first character that showed up? Who was it?
  • What was the first magical even in the movie?
  • What was your favorite part of the movie?

It is important to tell the students to feel free to give their own answers. These may vary from one student to another; they don't need to change them later as they continue reading. (Otherwise this activity can be given in a separate piece of paper and taken right before the next activity).

The following type of activity (while-reading) can be developed as they enjoy the reading in order to keep them track of the story. In this respect, some questions can be asked:

(To be answered at the end of page 4)

  • What is the meaning of “unDursleyish”? (page 2)
  • In the series of strange events, what was the first unusual thing that Mr. Dursley see right after leaving his house?
  • What caused Mr. Dursley to stop dead? (page 4)

Some other questions can be made depending on the interest of both the instructor and the students. It is important that such questions are asked frequently (every 3 to 4 pages, for example):
a. Who was Petunia? (page 7)
b. Who is you-know-who? (page 11)
c. Why did Dumbledore think of the Dursley's house as the best place for Harry to live? (page 13)
d. Why did Dumbledore say “We've no business staying here”? (page 16)

Once students have finished the chapter, it would be nice to give them a chance to prove their reading comprehension by completing an after-reading activity, such as summarizing the chapter, drawing a mind map of the events or creating a short new version including a new character that may fit in the story.

Offline tsong

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Re: Harry Potter reading comprehension activity
« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2012, 01:27:26 PM »
Depending on your class, you could also give them maybe one of the questions so that they have a purpose for reading. It doesn't have to be one of the comprehension questions you'll ask them, but it could be something general like "As you read, consider your opinions about the characters. Do you think they're good people? evil? nice? etc"

At the end of the first chapter, you could ask them to compare the events in the movie and the events in the book. Which did they like better? This would also be a way to check their comprehension (and memory?).